Heritage on the Ranch

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Posted: 06/26/2016·

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When I was first planning on moving to the ranch, I was explaining to my (then) 90 year old grandmother where I was moving. The conversation went a little something like: 

“Grandma, I’m moving to a very small town in Northern California, outside of a town called Alturas, but you’ve probably never heard of it.”

Her response? 

“Never heard of it!? I was born there!” 

Such a weird coincidence that acknowledged what already seemed like fate. 

At that point, Greg and I decided to make sure we weren’t cousins, but I suppose it would have already been too late. After further investigation: we aren’t. Luckily.

Since that discovery, we’ve asked around, and yep, many of Greg’s family members know my distant family members. It seems bizarre to me that Greg and I would have such a similar past. 

Now, my grandmother is 94, and still full of spunk. She lunches with her girlfriends, drinks champagne, loves a margarita, refuses to take her medication (because she can’t drink wine with it), and volunteers at the hospice thrift store. She is the definition of ‘full of life’ – but, she’s not getting any younger. She had a desire to come up and visit her past, and show my grandfather (who is an immigrant from France) where she grew up. 

I love having family come to visit, so I jumped at the chance. My father, grandfather, and grandmother made the trek up to the ranch over father’s day weekend. I’ve got a fun post in collaboration with Home Depot in the works, and my dad helped me complete the project for the #HomeDepotDIYChallenge, it made me reminisce about when I was younger, when we would spend hours out in his garage working on projects together. 

My grandmother visited the museum, where we saw a photo of my great-great-grandfather dressed in his sheriff’s uniform. We also visited the cemetery where my grandmother paid tribute to her family. Afterwards, we built a goat manger, and I showed them around the ranch. A pretty successful day ;)

Having my family come up to visit was wonderful. I loved every second of it. This isn’t much of a sharable post, but it gives you some insight into the behind the scenes family stuff. I hope you might be able to connect part of my story to your own story. I think we all have a soft spot for our dads, and any time spent with them is always worth its weight in gold. 

Later this week I am heading to Sonoma to help style some of Chateau Sonoma’s products in collaboration with A Savvy Lifestyle. If you’d like to follow along, I will try to keep up with snapchat (‘boxwoodavenue’). As always, thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my story. I am always humbled by your support. Many hugs from my family to yours! 

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